Jim Parsons Reveals Nephew Fuelled the Idea for ‘Big Bang Theory’ Spin off ‘Young Sheldon’

By Riezel O. / 2017.05.14
(Flickr/NASA Blueshift) Actors Johnny Galecki (L) and Jim Parsons on the set of long-running sitcom 'The Big Bang Theory.'

Jim Parsons recently talked about the upcoming “Big Bang Theory” spinoff “Young Sheldon.”

On May 8, the 44-year-old actor dropped by the “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” show to discuss the upcoming spin off. “It’s like an origin,” he revealed.

“I was trying to come up with an idea for a show, and we had this idea about my little nephew, who is really smart, down in Teas. My family is pretty average – no offense to them, but they’re very normal, and he’s very smart. One thing led to another and I thought, ‘This could be Sheldon’,” Parsons added as reported by US Weekly.

“Big Bang Theory” co-creator Chuck Lorre green lighted the spinoff soon after Parson discussed the idea to him. “He was like, ‘Yes, let’s do this,’” he said.

Actress Diane Lane, who also appeared on the show last Monday night, butt in saying the idea sounds adorable and she can’t wait to check out. “It could be [adorable],” says Parsons before explaining “It is, it is! I don’t mean it like that.”

“Young Sheldon” follows the life of the “Big Bang Theory’s” Sheldon Cooper, 9 years-old, high school student and living with his family in Texas, as reported by Variety. Although the half-hour, single-cam sitcom has no specific number of episodes ordered yet, it is said that the network is eyeing for a fall debut.

First episode of the series will be directed and executively produced by filmmaker Jon Favreau. “Young Sheldon” will star child actor Iain Armitage along with Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan.

The pilot script was written by “Big Bang Theory” showrunner Steven Molaro. It is said that Chuck Lorre together with Molaro, Parsons, and Todd Spiewak from Chuck Lorre Productions will serve as executive producers of the series in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Parson will also narrate the story as an Adult Shelton.

Meanwhile, catch “Big Bang Theory” Thursdays 8/7c on CBS.

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